Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, May 25, 1860

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, May 25, 1860
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Date:1860-05-25

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, May 25, 1860

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Sarah Hance
Birth: 1820-01-25  Death: 1867-06-10

location: Palmyra, NY

transcription: atb 

revision: crb 2017-06-13

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Auburn, May 25th 1860
My dearest Miss Hance,
I am ashamed
not to have written before, but I
have been negligent with all my
correspondence be sure that I thought
of you none the less for my though
so long a time has passed without
my writing you.
We have Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02

here, and are of course enjoying
their visit exceedingly, they came
last Saturday and do not return
until next week. All are very busy
planning; you probably heard
of our loss last April, by fire, of
the barn and carriage house, and
far far worse poor Fanny
 Death: 1860
, and
a very valuable horse of Will's,
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So we have been planning new
buildings and have at last
settled on two, much in the
old situation, of stone, and
two stories high. Operations
commence this morning.
You can imagine how we
miss Fanny, so long a favorite,
and so worthy. Will's Dick
 Death: 1860
was
also a great loss, being so gentle
that I could have driven him,
yet strong and handsome.
I never saw him but every one
tells me what a good horse he
was. The fire was early in the evening,
it originated inside
the barn making it self
apparent first in the cow yard.
Will was down street, but reached
here very soon, but when he opened
the barn doors the flames burst
out ten fee, the inside was
all on fire, and the poor horses
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quite dead. I think they
were immediately suffocated,
and suffered but little. If
I am his sister I can't help
saying that Will acted
nobly, and with a presence
of mind very uncommon
in one of his years. We were
in Washington at the time,
and returned the next week
by the way of Harrisburgh and
Elmira. Mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
, myself and
John Butler
Birth: 1827
.
Then too we are planning a new
library, our old one will not acc-
ommodate the books now at Washing-
ton we have had a number
of plans, the last is to make the
"little library" into a round tower
with books on all sides and a spiral
staircase all the way up to a little
upper room. We are beggi
beginning to decide on this I
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think.
How much there is to
tell you. so much about
Washington. Anna was
there much of the winter,
and Julia Worden
Birth: 1839-04-03 Death: 1866-01-11
of this
place spent the whole with us,
which made it very agreeable
for all. Anna is at housekeeping
in Albany, her parents
x Birth: 1808-02-07  Death: 1868-09-09  Birth: 1839-04-03  Death: 1866-01-11 
have gone
on to a farm.
The Segoines
x Birth:   Death:  Certainty: Probable Birth: 1834-03-02  Death: 1865 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1843  Death: 1872-10-09 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1804-01-06  Death: 1895-08-13 Certainty: Probable
have come back
here to live, about two miles
from here on a farm.
Sarah How
Birth: 1843 Death: 1863-08-10
is going to school,
a select school taught by an Italian.
I studied quite hard last winter,
mother hearing my lessons, I
had regular hours every day,
finished Arithmetic and
Ancient History, Besides
attended a class in oil paint
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Miss Sarah D. Hance
Palmyra
Wayne Co
New York
AUBURN
May 23
N.Y.
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